New China-backed leader of Hong Kong says no room for independence

BEIJING/HONGKONG, April 11 (Reuters) - Hong Kong

leader-elect Carrie Lam said on Tuesday there is no room for

moves towards independence in the former British colony which

she said needs the support of the central government in Beijing

to boost economic development over the next five years.

Lam was speaking in Beijing after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

presented her with the official letter of appointment as chief

executive, paving the way for her to take office on July 1.

The Chinese-controlled financial hub's former chief

secretary was chosen in March to become its first female leader

by a 1,200-person "election committee" stacked with pro-Beijing

and pro-establishment loyalists.

(Reporting by Christian Shepherd in Beijing and Donny Kwowk in

Hong Kong, Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Nick

Macfie)